Kylie Stewart was announced the Stay, Play, Rural (sponsored by Access) category winner at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony at the Rural Women New Zealand National Conference in Christchurch. Her business, Rangitikei Farmstay, offers accommodation for up to 19 guests and a range of activities on and off the 1560 acre sheep and beef farm at Marton.
Kylie and her husband Andrew moved on to the farm in 2005, surrounded by beautiful landscape and scattered, largely unused buildings filled with ‘treasures’ – saws, stencils, pack saddles, and a push mower to name a few, used by the Stewart family on the farm for the past three generations. The couple began renovating the old buildings and first opened up a bunkhouse and farm museum. They have since converted three other buildings and have developed their farmstay business with farm tours, shearing and mustering demonstrations, horse riding, farm walks, clay bird shooting and hole in one golf.
They now see a range of guests from school groups, birthday parties, and overseas travellers. Continuing to develop, the couple are presently building a lake to begin water activities on the property. To set up your visit to Rangitikei Farmstay, find them online.
Check back here often to see the latest news posted about our Stay, Play, Rural winner.
Kylie Stewart was announced the Stay, Play, Rural (sponsored by Access) category winner at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards ceremony at the Rural Women New Zealand National Conference in Christchurch. Her business, Rangitikei Farmstay, offers accommodation for up to 19 guests and a range of activities on and off the 1560 acre sheep and beef farm at Marton. Read More
Rural Women New Zealand, in partnership with Meridian has two Fruit and Vege Garden Grants to give away to two South Island primary schools.
$2,000 cash to be used to buy equipment, seedlings or plants to start a vegetable or fruit garden, or further develop one already in place.
Rural Women New Zealand, in partnership with Meridian has two Fruit and Vege Garden Grants to give away to two South Island primary schools. Read More
A study by Massey University researchers has found that vaccinating working dogs is likely to be beneficial in protecting them from the Hardjo strain of Leptospirosis.
Leptospirosis is a severe and sometimes fatal disease in dogs. Dogs may also have no symptoms, but can be a source of infection for humans and other animals.
The Massey study sampled 655 dogs, which were screened for four Leptospirosis strains: Copenhageni, Pomona, Harjo and Ballum. 10.3% of all types of dogs tested positive to serovar Copenhageni, while serovar Harjo was predominantly found in breeds of dogs used as farm working dogs.
The full scientific article ‘A Serological Survey of Leptospiral Antibodies in Dogs in New Zealand” AL Harland, NJ Cave, BR Jones, J Benschop, JJ Donald, AC Midwinter, RA Squires & JM Collins-Emerson, was published in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal – 8 August 2012, and can be purchased by going to www.tandfonline.com/loi/tnzv20
A study by Massey University researchers has found that vaccinating working dogs is likely to be beneficial in protecting them from the Hardjo strain of Leptospirosis. Read More
Rural Women New Zealand has been at the heart of several projects to manage the effects of land use in order to protect our waterways, through our involvement with the NZ Landcare Trust.
These projects have highlighted the importance of working with communities to find local solutions to local problems.
So a new publication just out from the Trust – Rural Catchment Management: A guide for partners - will be a welcome new tool in the box.
The guide covers common themes that run through successful catchment management projects, with a focus on effective community consultation.
Rural Women New Zealand has been at the heart of several projects to manage the effects of land use in order to protect our waterways, through our involvement with the NZ Landcare Trust.
These projects have highlighted the importance of working with communities to find local solutions to local problems. Read More
“Fast, Fresh & Tasty” is an award-winning New Zealand recipe app. It’s full of local ingredients and is designed to help you find something simply delicious to make for dinner tonight. It’s updated seasonally and currently has over 160 recipes to choose from.
The app also has handy things like a shopping list which you can send on to someone else; you can share what you’re cooking via social media; and you can mark your favourite recipes for easy access. It was recently #1 in Apple’s iTunes store Food and Drink category.
The recipes aim to give people using the app new ideas with familiar ingredients, as well as the inspiration to try some new things out. You can choose what you’re making based on a whole range of main ingredients, or based on different cooking styles: “I feel like soup tonight”, for instance.
The app has the potential to help local food producers too. Food partners pay to be in some of the app’s recipes. For example, in New Zealand Silver Fern Farms, Campbell’s Real Stocks, George Weston Foods, the Seafood Industry Council, Hansells, and Rangitikei Corn Fed Free Range Chickens are all partners with Fast, Fresh & Tasty.
The app developers say that for local artisan producers, Fast, Fresh & Tasty is an opportunity for them to get exposure to new consumers at a lower cost than compared to making an app themselves, or even other forms of advertising.
“Fast Fresh & Tasty” is a Universal app; optimised for both the iPhone and iPad. It costs $5.29 to download from the Apple store.
“Fast, Fresh & Tasty” is an award-winning New Zealand recipe app. It’s full of local ingredients and is designed to help you find something simply delicious to make for dinner tonight. It’s updated seasonally and currently has over 160 recipes to choose from. Read More
Administered by the NZ Farm Environment Trust (NZFE) and operating in nine regions, this annual competition promotes sustainable land management by showcasing the work of people farming in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable way.
There are several award categories:
• a Supreme Winner will be selected from each of the 9 regions (supreme Winners will be chosen from the group of finalists – $3000 cash prize);
• National Award – Gordon Stephenson Trophy (the winner will be selected from the 9 regional Supreme Winners – Prize package TBA)
• Ballance Nutrient Management Award (focuses on the wise use of nutrients for productivity while demonstrating excellent care for the environment around them – $1000 cash/product);
• Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Farm Award (recognises the livestock farmer (other than dairy) who demonstrates in a practical way the choices that have been made to farm for the long term – $1000 cash/services);
• Hill Laboratories Harvest Award (recognises the farmer who is predominantly involved in growing crops but also encompasses livestock farmers who demonstrate excellent pasture and soil management – $1000 cash/product);
• LIC Dairy Farm Award (recognises the dairy farmer who demonstrates in a practical way the choices that have been made to farm for the long term – $1000 cash/product);
• Massey University Discovery Award (given in recognition of new discovery and implementation of economically and environmentally sustainable farming systems – $1000 cash/services);
• PGG Wrightson Land and Life Award (focused more on the all important “people” side of the farming business – $1000 cash/product);
• WaterForce Integrated Management Award (recognises the farmer who has developed and implemented integrated water management systems and processes for water used within their farming system – $1000 cash/product);
• Donaghys Farm Stewardship Award (for the creation of special places on farm and may include protection and/or enhancement of cultural, historic, or unique natural or manmade features - $1000 cash/product);
• Meridian Energy Excellence Award (excellence in utilising on-farm opportunities to generate or maximise energy efficiently - $1000 cash/product); and
• regional awards (Northland Regional Council Water Quality Enhancement Award, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Environmental Award, Waikato Regional Council Water Protection Award, The East Coast Farming for the Future Award, Horizons Regional Council Award [for the integration of trees], Akura Conservation Centre Lifestyle Farm/Small Block Award, Environment Canterbury Regional Council Water Efficiency Award, and Otago Regional Council Sustainable Resource Management Award).
All entries opened on 1 August 2012. Entry forms for the 2013 competition, and contact details for regional coordinators, are available from the NZFE website at www.nzfeatrust.org.nz
Administered by the NZ Farm Environment Trust (NZFE) and operating in nine regions, this annual competition promotes sustainable land management by showcasing the work of people farming in an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable way. Read More
Conditions in the tropical Pacific are currently on the brink of El Niño, and it is likely El Niño will develop during early spring. Early spring air temperatures are likely to be near average or above average for all regions of the country.
August-October rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be near normal or above normal in the north of the North Island, below normal for the eastern South Island, and near normal in all other regions.
Regional predictions for the next three months:
• Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely to be near normal or above normal;
• Central North Island, Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington - temperatures equally likely to be in near average or above average. Near normal early spring rainfall, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely;
• Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be near normal;
• Nelson, Marlborough, Buller - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Near normal seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely;
• West Coast, Alps and foothills, inland Otago, Southland - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Early spring rainfall, soil moisture levels, and river flows are all likely to be near normal; and
• Coastal Canterbury, east Otago - temperatures are equally likely to be near average or above average. Below normal seasonal rainfall totals, soil moisture levels, and river flows are likely.
Conditions in the tropical Pacific are currently on the brink of El Niño, and it is likely El Niño will develop during early spring. Early spring air temperatures are likely to be near average or above average for all regions of the country. Read More
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) new combined primary industry statistics for the March 2012 quarter (with data from the seafood sector now included) show that the sector accounted for 71% of all NZ merchandise exports in the year to March 2012.
Reasons were: better-than-usual pasture growth during the March 2012 quarter, resulting in near-record carcase weights for slaughtered livestock and an 11.5% increase in milk solids’ production, compared with the same quarter in 2011. However, the increased production was counterbalanced by a stronger NZ dollar and easing international dairy prices. The result was that overall primary sector export revenue for the quarter was down 2.4% on the previous year (to $8.3 billion). However, total export earnings for the year to March 2012 were up 6.2% on the previous year at $32.3 billion.
Total seafood export earnings were up by 9.4% in the March quarter. Forest product export revenue declined 14%, but it was still the second-highest quarter for forest products on record.
The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) new combined primary industry statistics for the March 2012 quarter (with data from the seafood sector now included) show that the sector accounted for 71% of all NZ merchandise exports in the year to March 2012. Read More
As part of this week's RWNZ National Council meeting, we invited some of our stakeholder group supporters, sponsors and professionals we work with to join us for an early evening get together.
Included among the guests were the Minister of Women's Affairs Hon. Jo Goodhew, senior police inspector Morris Cheer, Land and Water Forum chairman Alistair Bisley, Freedom Camping Forum chair Geoff Ensor, and Government and community relations manager Peter Fa'afiu of New Zealand Post.
We decided to make best use of this networking opportunity by including a 'speed dating' event. Several national councillors and staff gave three minute informative presentations on some of our key projects and policy campaigns. There were many questions and comments afterwards and guests said it really helped them appreciate the broad nature of our organisation and depth of our advocacy and charitable activity.
Topics covered included our Canterbury fundraiser - Aftersocks; RWNZ's response to the PSA outbreak in Bay of Plenty (community action); RWNZ on the world stage (attending U.N. CEDAW and supporting ACWW); Pets as Pawns (RWNZ as social change agents); School bus safety and making better use of disused rural school buildings; 'Caring Counts' and RWNZ's 70 year campaign for fair travel costs reimbursement for rural home support workers.
As part of this week's RWNZ National Council meeting, we invited some of our stakeholder group supporters, sponsors and professionals we work with to join us for an early evening get together. Read More
Beef + Lamb NZ Ambassador, Ben Batterbury recently cooked Cadrona Merino at one of our RWNZ Cooking Demonstrations held in Winton (recipe below).
Cadrona Merion is a unique product to New Zealand and is receiving great acclaim from chefs across the country.
After years of poor meat and wool returns, Cardrona Valley farmer Ben Gordon decided to throw a carcass over his shoulder, remove the middleman, and sell his delicate merino lamb direct to chefs. After a lot of hard graft and early on speed wobbles, Cardrona Merino is now performing well.
Cardrona Merino Lamb “Tagine” with Falafel, Cauliflower Cous Cous and Black Olive
Serves approx 8
2 lamb Topsides marinated in oil with cumin seeds, cinnamon, star anise and garlic. To serve just fry the meat in a pan until golden and roast in the oven, leave to rest for 10 mins and carve and serve.
4 lamb short ribs marinated in brine (1ltr water, 100g salt, 20g sugar)
in the brine i add :
20g cumin powder
5g Star anise
10g coriander powder
2 cloves garlic
15g fresh ginger
3g cinnamon powder
Leave the ribs overnight then drain, rinse and dry. Brown these in a pan and reserve.
In another pan take 1 sliced onion and fry this until soft add a tbsp of honey and caramelise this. Add 200ml white wine and a litre of chicken or lamb stock. Add a small amount of fresh spices used in the brine and simmer briefly. Put this and the ribs into a braising dish, cover with tin foil and cook in a 150 0c oven for about 1-1.5 hours until tender. Leave to cool. Gently remove the ribs and chill. Pass the liquor and reduce until sauce consistency reserve. When ready to serve brush the ribs with the sauce and bake in a hot oven (180 0c) until glazed and heated through.
Dried Apricot and Cinnamon Puree
70g Dried Apricots
½ tsp Cinnamon powder
2g Cumin seeds
10ml Grape seed oil
Boil all except the oil in a pan until the apricots are tender then blend adding more water if needed then add the oil and pass through a fine sieve. Reserve
Falafel (will make about 30)
250g Dried Chick Peas soaked overnight then rinsed and drained
5g chopped garlic
100g chopped onion
1 tbsp butter
Cook the onion and garlic in the butter until soft and leave to cool
12g cumin powder
12g Coriander powder
Toast the spices in a dry pan
½ bunch coriander chopped
1g chill flakes
1 slice white bread crusts removed
1 red chilli finely diced
Place all into a food processor until it becomes a paste then fry one to check the flavour. When happy shape the falafels and reserve until needed
Dry in a low oven or dehydrator a handful of pitted black olives until dry then blend with a touch of olive oil to form a paste. reserve
Cauliflower cous cous
200g Cauliflower grated on a cheese grater
1 tbsp butter
In a hot frying pan add the butter until if foams then add the cauliflower and fry until golden brown add the coriander a pinch of salt and its ready!
to garnish this i use a few toasted sliced almonds, some cooked whole chick peas, some buttered cavalo nero cabbage and some fried aubergine.
Brush the plate with olive paint place the cavalo nero at one end and place the carved top side onto this. At the other end spoon the cauliflower and place the ribs. In the middle place the falafel. Sprinkle with almonds, spoon around a few chick peas and aubergine, and dot the apricot puree around the plate. Finish with a spoon of the rib sauce and Enjoy!
Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to announce the winners of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013, following an award ceremony at the opening of the Rural Women NZ national conference in Christchurch yesterday evening.
Liz Evans says “These awards, now in their fifth year, offer an opportunity for rural businesswomen to shine. Our aim is to showcase and celebrate rural enterprise, and this year the judges had 20 strong entries to choose from.”
The Supreme Winner of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013 is Diane Coleman of Treeline Native Nursery, based at Ngongotaha, near Rotorua. Diane also won the Love of the Land category, sponsored by Agrisea Limited. (www.treelinenursery.co.nz).
Treeline Native Nursery, which Diane started 17 years ago, grows and supplies NZ native trees, shrubs and grasses for revegetation and ornamental purposes, growing 300,000 plants a year that are sold to councils, farmers, landscapers, developers and the home gardener.
Rural Women NZ national president, Liz Evans, said Diane Coleman was chosen as the Supreme Winner out of a strong field of contenders, saying she displayed “skill, calm confidence in the progress of her business and a clear awareness of her market.”
“When demand for products slowed with the 2010 economic downturn, Diane adapted to conditions, made some innovative decisions and was able to maintain production levels.
“Added to this, the business is rural-based, employs several rural women and gives back to the community with fund-raising support.”
Other winners on the night were Jan Harper, of Bluespur Butchery in Lawrence, who won the Telecom-sponsored Help! I Need Somebody category.
As one of New Zealand’s first female butchers, Jan, who’s been in the industry since 1977, said it was a ‘dream come true’ when she opened her own business, Bluespur Butchery, in 2009. As well as selling meat to the public, a big part of the business is processing for farmers and hunters.
A very successful exporter of animal by-products from Waipukurau took away the Making it in Rural category, sponsored by Fly Buys Ltd. Angela Payne runs Agri-lab Co-Products Ltd (www.agri-lab.com). Utilising animal parts that previously may have ended up in the offal-pit, the company specialises in placenta, glands, membranes, tendons and glandulars, with 90 percent of the product exported. This is shipped all over the world as raw products for the pharmaceutical and dietary supplements markets.
Kylie Stewart of Rangitikei Farmstay was announced as the winner of the Stay, Play, Rural Award, sponsored by Access Homehealth Ltd. Her 1500 acre farm has been in the family since 1901 and Kylie has breathed new life into many of the old buildings to create attractive accommodation for up to 19 guests at a time who come from all over the world to get a taste of New Zealand rural life with farm tours, horse treks, clay bird shooting and shearing and mustering demonstrations on offer. (www.rangitikeifarmstay.co.nz).
The judging panel also decided this year to give a special Rural Women NZ Encourgement Award. This went to Lee Lamb, a young farming woman who lives in Waikaia, Southland.
As her children grew, and unable to find New Zealand farm-themed books to read to them, Lee decided to write and illustrate her own. A self-taught writer and painter, Lee was also determined to have her books printed in New Zealand. She now has four titles: On the Farm Shearing, On the Farm Autumn Muster, On the Farm Milking Time and On the Farm Harvest.
In congratulating all the winners, Liz Evans said, “Running a successful business anywhere in today’s competitive economy is not easy. It takes time, commitment, money and a passion to succeed. And, of course, you have to have the initial idea to get started.
“And, in the rural context, the start-up and ability to keep going can produce even more challenges. The logisitics of running a business away from a centralised urban area can throw up hurdles such as access to prompt transport and communication – not to mention extra costs of freight and postage. All our winners have jumped those hurdles.”
Watch: Diane speak about being the Supreme Winner. Video produced by
Rural Women New Zealand is delighted to announce the winners of the RWNZ Enterprising Rural Women Award 2013, following an award ceremony at the opening of the Rural Women NZ national conference in Christchurch yesterday evening. Read More
Applications close 1 July for Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship
Health professionals with an interest in the rural sector have just three weeks to apply for this year’s the Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship, with a closing date of 1 July.
“This $3000 scholarship will be awarded to a health professional to help further his or her studies,” says Rural Women New Zealand National President, Liz Evans.
“Given our rural focus, we are particularly keen to support someone who has an interest in providing health or disability services in rural communities.”
Preference will be given to applicants who are studying at post-graduate level.
Last year the scholarship went to a rural practice nurse, Lynette Downie (pictured above) from Murupara, for post graduate study in Women’s Health through Otago University.
Applications close 1 July for Rural Women NZ & Access Homehealth scholarship Read More
Rural Women NZ members are being encouraged to stand for local government and District Health Boards in the local body elections being held in September.
We ran a workshop on this at our national conference in Christchurch in May, with presenters Geoff Evans, who is a Marlborough District Councillor, and John Ayling, the chair of Access Homehealth Ltd.
Nominations for the elections open in July and run for a month (exact dates dependent on legislation currently before Parliament -for details call 0800 922 822).
One of those who is going to put her hand up is Dr Olive Webb (pictured left).
A long standing member of Rural Women New Zealand, Dr Webb (ONZM) is contesting the mayoralty of Selwyn.
Dr Webb comes from farming stock. She grew up in the King Country and Waikato and has lived in Selwyn for 40 years. Dr Webb has had thirteen years on the Canterbury District Health Board, coupled with six years on the board of Rural Women NZ’s Access Homehealth Ltd.
Key issues for Dr Webb include community engagement, fiscal responsibility, water quality, and enhancing the smaller towns of the Selwyn district.
Dr Webb is a registered clinical psychologist and director of the Institute of Applied Human Services where she consults and coaches various organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. She specialises in developing strategies and interventions that enable people with disabilities and people who are vulnerable to live ordinary lives. She has a proven track record in business success and is no stranger to implementing change in a large scale organisations.
Rural Women NZ members are being encouraged to stand for local government and District Health Boards in the local body elections being held in September. Read More
Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate ‘Back to School’ this year as two rural safety initiatives it’s been promoting get the green light.
We have been advocating for safer speeds around rural schools for several years, and are thrilled that variable speed limits are to be extended to 23 rural schools, following the success of a trial at seven rural schools in 2012, says Rural Women New Zealand national president, Liz Evans.
“We’re also delighted that a trial of active, flashing, 20km/h signage is to go ahead on a fleet of school buses in Ashburton early this year, with funding approved just before Christmas.
“Our rural children are often placed in very vulnerable situations getting to and from school, and we welcome both these initiatives to raise driver awareness and slow down traffic,” says Mrs Evans. “We will be actively promoting both these to our nationwide network of members.”
In the first trial, the NZ Transport Agency says the variable speed limits have resulted in an improvement in driver behaviour and reduction in speeds around the rural schools that took part, and the trial will be extended to 23 sites by the end of 2013.
The variable speed limit is set at 70km/h past schools in 100km/h zones, and 60km/h for schools in 80km/h areas.
The speeds are displayed on electronic signs, which allow the speed limit to be changed locally at agreed times.
Mrs Evans says it’s encouraging to see innovative technological solutions being used to solve safety concerns.
“Technology is also the answer when it comes to reminding drivers about the 20km/h speed limit past school buses, and it’s exciting that the Road Safety Trust has approved funding for a trial of active signage on school buses.”
The four stage trial with a bus company in Ashburton is expected to get underway in the next few weeks.
Bright 20km/h signs with flashing lights will be illuminated to alert drivers to the speed limit in both directions when passing a school bus that has stopped for children to get on and off.
The additional schools are:
• Amisfield School, Waikato
• Ararimu School, Papakura
• Dairy Flat School, Dairy Flat
• Elstow-Waihou Combined School, Matamata Piako
• Kaimai School, Western Bay of Plenty
• Loburn School, Waimakariri
• Newstead School, Waikato
• Opoutere School, Thames Coromandel
• Pahoia School, Western Bay of Plenty
• Puni School, Waiuku
• Pyes Pa Road School, Western Bay of Plenty
• Swannanoa School, Waimakariri
• Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha School, Matamata Piako
• Tirohia School, Hauraki
• Waikuka School, Waimakariri
• Westmere School, Wanganui
Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate ‘Back to School’ this year as two rural safety initiatives it’s been promoting get the green light. Read More
The deadline to have your say on the NZ Constitutional Review has been extended to 31 July due to growing interest in this topic. Rural Women New Zealand is encouraging its members to get involved in the current review of how the country is run and what’s important for our future.
In the first half of 2013, the Constitutional Advisory Panel, which is an independent advisory group to the Government, is seeking submissions on New Zealand’s constitution.
Specific topics for discussion include:
the pros and cons of having our constitution written down in a single document,
the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in our constitution, and
electoral issues such as the length of the Parliamentary term.
Panel Co-Chair Emeritus Professor John Burrows spoke at our national conference in Christchurch recently, and encouraged people to become informed and take the opportunity to make a submission.
There was a concern that interest groups could flood the panel with submissions and overtake the process, so Prof Burrows said it was essential for individuals to get involved and to have their say.
This is an opportunity for people to tell the panel how they see New Zealand and its future.
The Panel is due to report back to the Government by the end of 2013. Its recommendations will be based on submissions received.
Public submissions are due by 31 July 2013 and can be made online at www.ourconstitution.org.nz by email or post. People can find a wealth of information and meeting resources on the website or by phoning 0508 411 411.
The deadline to have your say on the NZ Constitutional Review has been extended to 31 July due to growing interest in this topic. Rural Women New Zealand is encouraging its members to get involved in the current review of how the country is run and what’s important for our future. Read More
Crime Survey Results: Drink driving and speeding a serious concern
Drink driving and speeding are key areas of concern for rural people according to an online rural crime survey conducted by Rural Women New Zealand.
“Over 80 percent of people told us that speeding was a problem in their community and 75 percent said drink driving was also a problem,” says Liz Evans, Rural Women New Zealand’s national president.
While urban people are getting the message not to drink and drive, in rural communities there are persistent offenders who are still ignoring the law, with serious consequences.
At the Rural Women New Zealand national conference in Christchurch last weekend, John Perham of Crimestoppers and Asst Commissioner: Road Policing, Dave Cliff ONZM, (pictured above) said rural people need to move from being by-standers in the crime prevention process to being active participants in helping police in every way we can to make our rural communities safe.
Often rural people will know who is regularly driving drunk, but there is a reluctance to dob in friends and neighbours.
John Perham said people can give information about offenders to Crimestoppers anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111. Police can then act on the tip off and ensure these people are apprehended and prosecuted.
John Perham said in most years 80 people are killed drink driving. But the numbers of people whose lives are affected is much higher: For every 100 drink drivers killed, 50 passengers and 20 others are killed, and 1,000 are seriously injured.
Seventy percent of the Rural Women NZ rural crime survey respondents also said that theft of fuel was a problem, while just over half saw theft of vehicles or of items from a vehicle as an issue.
Asst Commissioner Dave Cliff said in terms of machinery theft, such as quad bikes, it raises the question 'where were the keys?' "Let's engage in a little bit of self-protection."
Dave Cliff also told Rural Women NZ members that police now see family violence as ‘incredibly important and the most important area when it comes to crime prevention’ because when children are exposed to violence in the home on an ongoing basis, boys in particular become less likely to be empathetic and more likely to become offenders themselves. Whereas when girls are exposed to ongoing domestic violence they come to believe it is perfectly normal, and later, thathaving a partner who is violent is normal.
Stock theft is also a problem, but police will only be able to get to the bottom of it when they start to get evidential material. Dave Cliff urged people in rural communities to report stock theft.
"John Perham, Crimestoppers chairman, assured us that rural people should have no worries about confidentiality when using the 0800 number. The call centre is in the UK so even those of us who think we have distinctive and identifiable voices will remain anonymous," Liz Evans said.